The Craziest Things You Can Buy with Your Points and Miles

Use loyalty points and miles to book more than a free flight or hotel stay.

 Courtesy of Hilton Honors

There’s a good chance you’ve cashed in loyalty rewards for a flight or even an all-expenses-paid hotel stay – but what about a zero gravity adventure? In exchange for about 700,000 points, Wells Fargo Rewards members have jumped at the chance to float around a Boeing 727 in an authentic space suit.

This experience is just one in a long list of unique – and sometimes bizarre – rewards offers that loyalty programs have added in an effort to spice up their redemption selection. Curious to see what else might be in store for your next vacation? Check out some of the craziest loyalty offers you can redeem with points and miles.

Rock ‘n’ roll fantasy camp

Have you ever dreamed of performing alongside a famous rock star? Here’s your chance. Citi ThankYou Rewards members can redeem their ThankYou points for a trip to rock ‘n’ roll fantasy camp where you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to lead the rock star lifestyle. From dinner with critically-acclaimed musicians to rehearsal sessions at professional studios, the camp is nothing short of a dream come true for die-hard rock ‘n’ roll fans.

But before you step on stage, make sure you’ve racked up enough points to book the $2,999 package. You can either pay exclusively with Citi ThankYou points or with a combination of ThankYou points and your Citi Card.

Private concert

Step across the velvet rope by redeeming your Hilton HHonors points for tickets to private concerts like the one hosted by pop duo Tegan and Sara. For 75,000 points, the HHonor member who submitted the highest bid enjoyed a free night stay at the Hilton Toronto in addition to a pre-concert reception that included complimentary food and drinks.

Even if you aren’t the lucky winner, you’ll still have a shot at upcoming rewards auctions. Stay on the lookout for similar rewards offers by visiting the Hilton HHonors Redemption Experiences page. You never know which band or singer might be just a few points or miles away.

Red carpet experience

The glitz and glamour of the red carpet isn’t reserved for famous actors and musicians. Starwood Preferred Guest members regularly enjoy opportunities to mingle with Hollywood’s best. This past June, two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of “The Legend of Tarzan” were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Not only did guests enjoy star treatment before the movie, but they also received special invitations to the official after party where stars such as Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie gathered for celebratory drinks. Check back for more chances to claim your fifteen seconds of fame.

Superstar meet and greet

As part of the Delta SkyMiles Experiences program, members bid for a chance to get up close and personal with Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer. On top of snagging autographs and posing for pictures with one of the baseball’s biggest names, the Delta SkyMiles member with the highest bid also had the chance to watch batting practice from the field. Oh, and did I mention the two Delta Sky360 Legends Club tickets that came along with the package? Not a bad way to spend an evening if you ask me.

Since most SkyMiles Experiences auctions last no more than a few weeks, it’s important that you act fast in order to take advantage of these type of rare opportunities.

Personalized rewards

Put your creativity to the test by building a personalized rewards offer that caters to your every need. Diners Club International Club Rewards members with more than 50,000 points have the luxury of creating their very own loyalty rewards experience. From a personal wine cellar to dinner in Rome, the possibilities are endless.

Simply contact the Club Rewards loyalty program to submit your personalized request. The more details you can provide, the better. A consultant will then research your request and let you know how many points it will take to turn your dream into reality.

There’s more to the loyalty game than a free flight or hotel stay. From living out your childhood dreams to getting the VIP experience, there’s almost no limit to what you can do with enough points and miles.

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